Horton hospital trust pressure level drops but extra beds stay

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HOSPITALS in Cumbria are at crisis point as occupancy levels hit an all time high, hundreds of beds remain blocked and ambulance crews experience delays as they hand over patients to overstretched emergency departments.

What is happening at the moment in accident and emergency departments is symptomatic of pressures across the entire system.

More concerning, that trend matches with a vast increase in the number of people waiting more than four hours for treatment at A&E - a key Government target.

Foluke Ajayi, chief operating officer at UHMBT, said: "Our Emergency Departments (ED) are under significant pressure - and a consequent effect of this is that our wards are also very busy".

However, this is due to the high level of demand and we apologise to those patients who experienced lengthy waits. We are no longer able to offer safe of adequate care to the patients in our hospital.

"To deal with this increased volume and acuity, like many hospitals, we are cancelling planned operations and appointments". It's always a fine balancing act deciding to put out messages like this because, while it's absolutely correct, we don't want people who need to be here for a true emergency to not attend.

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"The service is likely to face another three months of exceptional need for care, and it is starting from a precarious position".

The organisation warned that those with "less urgent conditions" would have to wait longer.

"And we will hope to ensure that those operations can be reinstated as soon as possible". Our winter plan is designed to create extra resilience and enable us to respond to these additional pressures and open additional in-patient beds where appropriate.

"This is due to the measures we have been implementing over the last few days".

The Local Government Association said the NHS's problems showed the urgent need for money to plug the £2.3bn gap in local authority social care funding that would arise by 2020.

She said on the BBC Radio 4 Today Programme: 'Certainly what we have is a system that is running at absolutely full stretch across both health and social care.

St John Ambulance said it is the only NHS trust in England to ask them for this sort of support.

It also issued an appeal on Twitter for off-duty staff to come in to work on Tuesday night - the second such appeal this week.

Routine hospital appointments are being delayed to free up capacity for the sickest patients until the end of January, amid warnings of extreme pressure facing A&Es across the country.

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